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Ataria Sharman with Chanel Clarke

Te Hokinga Mai (Returning Home)

Te Hokinga Mai (Returning Home)
3pm Saturday 24 September
Plough and Feather Garden Bar
Tickets: Full $20, Concession $18
Duration: 50 minutes
Plough and Feather

Caroline and Dave say: Ataria is a writer to watch. She has written a great modern adventure story which also beautifully captures the spirit of the ancient Māori world.

Ataria Sharman (Ngāpuhi,Tapuikia) grew up in Wellington but has whakapapa links to Matauri Bay. She was editor at Pantograph Punch and created the Awa Wahine magazine. In 2021 she published her first novel, Hine and the Tohunga Portal, a children’s tale about a young girl who enters a mystical forest to try and save her younger brother from an evil sorcerer.


The novel has received rave reviews and seen Ataria nominated for the NZSA Best First Book Award at the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Ataria recently moved north to Whangārei, the home of her partner, and to be closer to her turangawaewae.


Chanel Clarke (Ngāpuhi) led the five-year Te Awe collections readiness project at Auckland War Memorial Museum which reorganised and improved the care of the 10,000-plus taonga in the Museum’s care. She was awarded the prestigious Museum medal this year and recently moved home to Ōhaewai.


Chanel and Ataria discuss Hine and the Tohunga Portal and the reasons why they returned home to Northland.


An absolute joy. The adventure bursts out of every page. I could not put it down. Louise Ward, Hawke’s Bay Today